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Africa Past and Present

Africa Past and Present is a podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora. The show highlights interesting and significant people, ideas, and discussions in African Studies from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. Shows feature interviews with eminent scholars and persons, commentary on current events, and issues and debates of relevance to Africans at home and abroad. Africa Past and Present is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb and produced by MATRIX - The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU.

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history 23
South Africa 17
politics 8
Senegal 6
anthropology 6
football 6
soccer 6
women 5
Africa 4
African diaspora 4
Islam 4
Zimbabwe 4
development 4
gender 4
slavery 4
2010 World Cup 3
David Robinson 3
Kenya 3
Nigeria 3
Peter Alegi 3
Sean Jacobs 3
Tanzania 3
West Africa 3
Zulu 3
democracy 3
environment 3
identity 3
labor 3
pan-Africanism 3
religion 3
African National Congress 2
African Studies Association 2
Babou 2
Egypt 2
Ethiopia 2
FIFA 2
Hlonipha Mokoena 2
Ken Harrow 2
Libya 2
Mali 2
Marcus Garvey 2
Obama 2
Peter Limb 2
Safoi Babana-Hampton 2
Solomon Getahun 2
Southern Africa 2
Swahili 2
Tunisia 2
UNIA 2
climate change 2
colonialism 2
concerned africa scholars 2
digitization 2
language 2
literature 2
media 2
migration 2
oral history 2
resistance 2
revolution 2
sport 2
violence 2
water 2
ALUKA 1
ANC 1
ASA 1
Abebe Zegeye 1
Africa is a Country 1
Africa, democratization, Folu Ogundimu, football, mass media, newspapers, Nigeria, Olabode Ibironke, podcast, press freedom, Simon Akindes, sports, television 1
African Americans 1
African art 1
African nationalism 1
Alegi 1
Alex Beresford 1
Algeria 1
Anisa Adem 1
Atlantic 1
Audio 1
Balanta 1
Barack Obama 1
Ben Ali 1
Ben Carton 1
Bill Derman 1
Bulawayo 1
CAF 1
CVET 1
Candace Keller 1
Charles Ambler 1
Chris Bolsmann 1
Dakar 1
Dar es Salaam 1
Deo Ngonyani 1
Diana Jeater 1
Dorothy Hodgson 1
Eastern Africa 1
Elizabeth Green-Musselman 1
Fuze 1
GERMES 1
George Mason University 1
George W. Bush 1
Ghana 1
Guinea 1
HIV 1
Hausa 1
Horace Campbell 1
Ibra Sene 1
Ibrahima Thioub 1
Ibro Chekaraou 1
Ifa Lethu 1
Indian Ocean 1
Jabulani Sithole 1
Jay Spaulding 1
Joseph Lauer 1
Judith Byfield 1
Judith Carney 1
Kalahari 1
Kiki Edozie 1
Kikisi 1
KwaZulu-Natal 1
Lesotho Highlands Water Project 1
Liberty Professionals 1
Limb 1
Luise White 1
Maasai 1
Mac Maharaj 1
Maghreb 1
Malick Sidibe 1
Mamarame Seck 1
Mara Leichtman 1
Marika Sherwood 1
Martha Saavedra 1
Martin Klein 1
Mubarak 1
Muslims 1
Narissa Ramdhani 1
Ned Alpers 1
Ngugi 1
North Africa 1
Overcoming Apartheid 1
Pastoralist Women's Council 1
Patrick Bond 1
Paul Darby 1
Paul Landau 1
Paul Zeleza 1
Penda Mbow 1
Qaddafi 1
Radikobo Ntsimane 1
Rhodesia 1
Right to Dream Academy 1
Rita El-Khayat 1
Robert Edgar 1
Robert Hill 1
Robert Hitchcock 1
Robert Vinson 1
SADET 1
SAFA 1
SCALI 1
Saint-Louis 1
Salah Hassan 1
San 1
Seydou Keita 1
Sheryl McCurdy 1
Shi'a Islam 1
Sinomlando 1
Stephanie Beswick 1
Sudan 1
Sudan Studies Association 1
Terence Ranger 1
UCAD 1
US foreign policy 1
University of Fort Hare 1
University of Malawi 1
WISER 1
Waithera Karim-Sesay 1
Walter Hawthorne 1
Wapu Mulwafu 1
Wendi Manuel-Scott 1
Wolof 1
Zuma 1
aesthetics 1
archives 1
art 1
audiences 1
blog 1
books cinema 1
capitalism 1
carbon trading 1
chiefs 1
citizenship 1
civil society 1
class 1
conservation 1
corruption 1
david wiley 1
drugs 1
elections 1
environmental history 1
ethnicity 1
farmers 1
feminism 1
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Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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This episode focuses on African football (soccer), cinema, and literature. In the first segment, Peter Alegi reports on the first round of the African Nations Cup in Ghana. In the second segment, MSU Professors Ken Harrowand Safoi Babana-Hampton join us in a discussion centered around Harrowâs new book Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism (Indiana University Press, 2007). Issues of authenticity,"truth," self-expression, and the impact of new media...
Topics: Africa, Audio, books cinema, football, Ken Harrow, literature, Safoi Babana-Hampton, soccer
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Concerned Africa Scholars co-chair Sean Jacobs discusses the goals of this organization, its new blog and web site, and upcoming panels at the ASA meeting in Chicago. The second part of this episode features a conversation about African womenâs sport with Martha Saavedra (African Studies, UC-Berkeley) and Anisa Adem (Founder, Future Generation African Girls Association).
Topics: Anisa Adem, ASA, concerned africa scholars, Ethiopia, Kenya, Martha Saavedra, Sean Jacobs, sport,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Solomon Addis Getahun (Central Michigan University) discusses the history of Ethiopian immigrants and refugees in the USA. He describes the diversity of Ethiopians in the diaspora and their community organizations. For example, to overcome isolation and carve out an autonomous space within US society, in 1984 Ethiopians established the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America. Its annual football (soccer) tournament provides a festive place where Ethiopian identity is negotiated, recreated...
Topics: African diaspora, Ethiopia, history, identity, Solomon Getahun, sports
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Dr. Paul Darby (University of Ulster) on Africa's place in world soccer. He examines Africa's political relations with FIFA and the role of CAF, the continental governing body. Darby then discusses his new research on the migration of young African players to Europe through case studies of Ghanaâs Liberty Professionals FC and the Right to Dream Academy.
Topics: CAF, FIFA, football, Ghana, Liberty Professionals, migration, Paul Darby, politics, Right to Dream...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Chris Bolsmann (Sociology, Aston University) on the successful 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Topics covered include experiences at stadiums; FIFA's Disney-fied World Cup; Pan-Africanism and African teams; and the economic and political impact of the tournament. More World Cup Thoughts Online: "After the Final" with Karabo Mathang and Sindi Mabizela (audio) Laurent Dubois and Achille Mbembe on "The People's Game" (audio) African Soccerscapes by Peter Alegi (book) Dr....
Topics: 2010 World Cup, Chris Bolsmann, football, soccer, South Africa
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Mac Maharaj (South African activist and intellectual) explains why the model of South Africa's transition to democracy cannot be replicated in powersharing agreements in Kenya and Zimbabwe. In the second part of this episode, recorded at the NEWSA meeting in Burlington, VT, Alex Beresford (PhD candidate, University of Edinburgh) tells us about his research on union workers' views of Tripartite Alliance politics in contemporary South Africa.
Topics: Alex Beresford, democracy, Kenya, labor, Mac Maharaj, politics, South Africa, unions, Zimbabwe
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Dr. Robert Hitchcock (chair of Anthropology at MSU) on San people's struggles in southern Africa's Kalahari region. Focus is on government-San relations; San communities' local and international quest for empowerment and human rights; and images of the San in film. Hitchcock concludes with an assessment of the impact of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project on the region.
Topics: anthropology, environment, human rights, indigenous people, Kalahari, Lesotho Highlands Water...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Marika Sherwood (senior research fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London) on the history of the African diaspora in Britain. She discusses aspects of her 2007 book After Abolition: Britain and the Slave Trade Since 1807, the 1945 Pan Africanist Congress in Manchester, and Pan-African biographies. Sherwood concludes by noting the inadequate treatment of black history in the UK school curriculum.
Topics: African diaspora, history, Marika Sherwood, pan-Africanism
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Judith Byfield (History, Cornell) on the social and economic history of women and the environment in Nigeria. She elaborates on the role of the prominent Kuti family and also on the origins of her scholarly interest in Africa. The interview was recorded during Dr. Byfield's visit to Michigan State University where she delivered the 2010 ASA Presidential Lecture.
Topics: African Studies Association, climate change, environment, gender, history, Judith Byfield, labor,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Historian Paul Landau (University of Maryland) on rethinking the broad history of Southern Africa from 1400 to 1948. His new book re-asserts African agency by seeing Africans in motion, coming out of their own past. Drawing on oral traditions, genealogies, 19th-century conversations, and other sources, Landau highlights the resilience of African political cultures and their adeptness at incorporating diverse peoples.
Topics: history, missionaries, Paul Landau, political culture, South Africa, Southern Africa, tribe
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Diana Jeater on Zimbabwe's colonial history. Focus is on gender and on how culture and access to material resources shaped African lives, and on the role of African languages - and their translation by white settlers - in constructing discourses about morality. Jeater also discusses current work on private archives of Rhodesian expats in the UK, and oral histories of former members of the Rhodesian forces and the British South Africa Police.
Topics: archives, class, colonialism, Diana Jeater, gender, oral history, Zimbabwe
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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The inaugural episode of Africa Past and Present introduces the podcast and features an interview with University of Pennsylvania Professor Cheikh Anta Babou (MSU PhD 2002).“Africa matters,” says co-host Peter Alegi in the first segment. “It matters to America since about one in seven Americans trace their origins to the African continent. Africa also has global implications: economic, political, and cultural ones. Finally, Africa deserves to be studied and debated in its own right, like...
Topics: Babou, David Robinson, history, Islam, Senegal, West Africa
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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New Media and Southern African Studies in the 21st century: What are the politics and ethics of digital knowledge production? How can podcasts enhance teaching, research, and international networking? Listen to this stimulating discussion held at the recent NEWSA meeting featuring yours truly, Elizabeth Green Musselman (Southwestern University), and questions from the audience (Download: "The Possibilities of Podcasting").
Topics: ALUKA, CVET, digitization, Elizabeth Green-Musselman, new media, Overcoming Apartheid, Peter Alegi,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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In this episodeâs first segment, Peter Alegi reports on the exciting conclusion of the2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana. In the second segment, South African media scholar Sean Jacobs (University of Michigan) discusses his blog Leo Africanus, and shares his insights on the relationship between media, popular culture, and democracy in Africa.
Topics: Africa, Africa is a Country, blog, democracy, football, media, newspapers, podcast, press, Sean...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Historian Ned Alpers (UCLA) on changing trends in Indian Ocean history and Africa's centrality within it. Drawing from over three decades of research and a recently published book, Alpers discusses east African views of the Indian Ocean; slavery and the slave trade; resistance and agency. He concludes by reflecting on the daunting challenges and exciting opportunities facing Indian Ocean historians today. With guest host Laura Fair.
Topics: Eastern Africa, history, Indian Ocean, Ned Alpers, resistance, slave trade, slavery
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Prof. Abebe Zegeye (Chair of Genocide and Holocaust studies at UNISA) on Africans' multiple identities and genocide studies in Africa. Is there a need for a different model than that of Holocaust studies to analyze political violence in colonial and post-colonial Africa? Zegeye closes with thoughts on his recent appointment as Director of WISER at Wits in Johannesburg.
Topics: Abebe Zegeye, genocide, identity, violence, WISER, xenophobia
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Horace Campbell (African American Studies and Political Science, Syracuse U.) on political change in Africa and the Diaspora. Focus is on the revolution in Libya, popular revolts, war, peace, and neo-liberalism in Africa and beyond. Campbell also shares insights from his new book: Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA.
Topics: Barack Obama, Egypt, Horace Campbell, Libya, politics, revolution, Tunisia
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology, Rutgers) on Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania, with a focus on the experiences and perspectives of women. She discusses the intersections of gender, ethnicity, and Christianity, and then turns to the subject of her new book, Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous, which explores local activists' engagement with the transnational indigenous rights movement.
Topics: anthropology, development, Dorothy Hodgson, gender, Maasai, Pastoralist Women's Council, Tanzania,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Professor Folu Ogundimu (MSU, Journalism) joins Peter Limb and Olabode Ibironke, an MSU graduate student in Comparative Literature, to discuss how the transformation of mass media in contemporary Africa has revitalized democracy and strengthened freedom of expression. Later in the episode, Alegi reports on the âMedia, Communication, and Sports in Africaâ conference, and speaks with Simon Akindes (University of Wisconsin, Parkside) about the joys and sorrows of global African football.
Topic: Africa, democratization, Folu Ogundimu, football, mass media, newspapers, Nigeria, Olabode...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Dr. Wapu Mulwafu (Univ. of Malawi) on African environmental history. Mulwafu discusses the history of water use and management in Malawi, focusing on political and religious aspects of soil conservation and the importance of indigenous ecological knowledge and practices. He closes with insights on the challenges of "doing history" in Malawi.
Topics: conservation, environmental history, malawi, University of Malawi, Wapu Mulwafu, water
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Penda Mbow (University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar), prominent historian and public intellectual of Senegal, on women and Islam, intellectual history in Muslim Africa, and civil society in Senegal. She also discusses the significant contribution and role of David Robinson in African and Senegalese historiography.
Topics: David Robinson, history, Islam, Penda Mbow, Senegal, women
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Rita El-Khayat (University of Chieti, Italy) is an anthropologist, psychiatrist, novelist and poet from Morocco. Guest host is Professor Safoi Babana-Hampton (MSU). El-Khayat describes her work on North African women; the study and practice of psychiatry; and the importance of breaking down barriers through cultural mixing (métissage). The interview took place during the conference "Muslims, Race, and the Public Sphere" recently hosted by the Muslim Studies Program at MSU.
Topics: anthropology, feminism, Islam, literature, Maghreb, Muslims, North Africa, Peter Alegi, Peter Limb,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Dr. Ibro Chekaraou, Dr. Waithera Karim-Sesay, Mamarame Seck on challenges and possibilities for African language study in North America. Focus is on pedagogy and language politics in Africa with specific reference to Hausa, Swahili, and Wolof.
Topics: Hausa, Ibro Chekaraou, language, Mamarame Seck, Ngugi, SCALI, Swahili, Waithera Karim-Sesay, Wolof
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Wendi Manuel-Scott and Benedict Carton on the "African Identities in the Age of Obama" conference they organized recently at George Mason University. Bridging the gap between studies of Africa, African America, and the Caribbean, participants debated who and what does Obama represent? How do cultural aspects of the Obama phenomenon intersect with political and economic aspects? What does Obama mean to people in Africa?
Topics: Ben Carton, George Mason University, identity, Obama, Wendi Manuel-Scott
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Kiki Edozie (James Madison College at MSU) compares recent corruption scandals in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya. She argues that democratic crises are closely tied to economic crises. At the end, the implications of these processes for African politics are considered.
Topics: Africa, Alegi, capitalism, corruption, democracy, development, Kenya, Kiki Edozie, Limb, Nigeria,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Radikobo Ntsimane (UKZN School of Theology) on African voices in the history of mission hospitals in South Africa and the Sinomlando Center's "memory box" program. Ntsimane's work demonstrates how oral history is not just an intellectual practice, but also "a human encounter that can have a profound effect on people's lives." Free download of R. Ntsimane and P. Denis, "Absent Fathers: Why do men not feature in stories of families affected by HIV/AIDS in...
Topics: memory, oral history, Radikobo Ntsimane, Sinomlando, South Africa
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Paul Tiyambe Zeleza (Loyola Marymount University) on the history and study of Africa and its Diasporas. He discusses the themes of his new book, Barack Obama and African Diasporas: Dialogues and Dissensions, as well as globalization and Africa, and changes over time in the nature and focus of African Studies.
Topics: African diaspora, history, Obama, Paul Zeleza
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Historian Chuck Ambler (UTEP and African Studies Association president) on the work of the ASA and his ongoing research on African audiences "from Hollywood to Nollywood." He also discusses a manuscript-in-progress on mass media and popular culture in colonial and post-colonial Africa. With guest co-host Laura Fair.
Topics: African Studies Association, audiences, Charles Ambler, film, history, mass media
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Dr. Sheryl McCurdy (University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health) on drugs, gender, and violence in East Africa. McCurdy examines heroin use in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - its recent history, enabling conditions, and the differences between men and women users. She concludes with observations on the local "war on drugs" and then offers policy recommendations.
Topics: Dar es Salaam, drugs, gender, heroin, HIV, Sheryl McCurdy, Tanzania, violence
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Franco Barchiesi (Ohio State U) explains the precarious lives of South African workers and unemployed together with the role of politics and the impact of economic crises today. He also analyzes contests over social citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa and discusses the development of his own interest in South African labor matters.
Topics: citizenship, labor, labor unions, politics, South Africa, unemployment
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Prof. Terence Ranger (Emeritus, University of Oxford) discusses his many contributions to African Studies and African History, how these themes have developed, and also his 17th book, Bulawayo Burning (2010). This is the first of three podcasts recorded at the "Making History: Terence Ranger and African Studies" conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign October, 2010.
Topics: Bulawayo, history, Terence Ranger, Zimbabwe
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Salah Hassan and Ken Harrow (Michigan State University) on the democratic revolutions in North Africa. Events in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are analyzed from below and above, with focus on the perspectives of youth, creative uses of technology, as well as the connections to, and relevance of, the events to Africa and the wider world.
Topics: Ben Ali, Egypt, Ken Harrow, Libya, Mubarak, politics, Qaddafi, revolution, Salah Hassan, Tunisia
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Prof. Robert A. Hill (History, UCLA) on his lifeâs work as editor of The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers, a magisterial multi-volume series published by the University of California Press since 1983. Hill discusses the origins of his interest in Garvey and the "Africa for the Africans" movement - the largest organized mass movement in black history. He sheds light on important editorial issues in the Garvey Papers project and reflects on Garvey's legacy today.
Topics: African diaspora, history, Marcus Garvey, pan-Africanism, Robert Hill, UNIA
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Candace Keller (MSU Art and Art History) on her research on West African photographers, cultural histories, identities and aesthetics from the 1940s up to the present. Dr. Keller describes and explains the rich and varied photographic scene in Mali, its historcal roots and aesthetical and technological components, discusses leading photographers such as Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita, and examines recent global expressions of this fine art.
Topics: aesthetics, African art, Candace Keller, griots, identities, Mali, Malick Sidibe, photography,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Patrick Bond (Director of the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal) talks to us about his new book Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments (co-edited with Rehana Dada and Graham Erion, 2007). Bond discusses carbon tradingâs effects on global warming, critiques free market approaches to climate change, and charts the rise of African grassroots movements for environmental justice.
Topics: Africa, carbon trading, civil society, climate change, environment, Patrick Bond, social movements,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Historians Stephanie Beswick (Ball State U.) and Jay Spaulding (Kean U.) on ethnicity, slavery, and trade in Sudan. Focus is on pre-colonial times, with an emphasis on how power relationships and economic factors influenced identity formation and political conflict. The interview was conducted at the Sudan Studies Association meeting in East Lansing.
Topics: ethnicity, history, Jay Spaulding, slavery, Stephanie Beswick, Sudan, Sudan Studies Association
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Mwalimu Deo Ngonyani (MSU Linguistics) on his research on Kikisi - a Bantu language spoken by 10,000 people on the shores of Lake Malawi in southwestern Tanzania. Ngonyani elaborates on projects committed to preserving "small" languages and highlights the significance of government language policies, especially in regards to English and Swahili.
Topics: Deo Ngonyani, Kikisi, language, linguistics, Swahili, Tanzania
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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2009 elections in South Africa: Dr. Sean Jacobs and Dr. Hlonipha Mokoena analyze the significance of the ANC victory; Jacob Zuma and Zulu nationalism; the opposition's weak showing outside the Western Cape; and local and international media coverage.
Topics: ANC, elections, Hlonipha Mokoena, media, politics, Sean Jacobs, South Africa, Zulu, Zuma
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Social historian Ibrahima Thioub (Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar) reflects on "history from below," French colonial prisons, African resistance, and ongoing digitization projects at UCAD. Guest co-host is Ibra Sene, a former student of Thioubâs, who is finishing a dissertation at MSUon "Crime, Punishment, and Colonization: A History of the Prison of Saint-Louis and the Development of the Penitentiary System in Senegal, ca.1860-ca.1940"
Topics: colonialism, Dakar, digitization, GERMES, history, Ibra Sene, Ibrahima Thioub, prisons,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Bush's recent Presidential visit to Africa invites deeper analysis. In this episode, MSU Professor David Wiley examines the militarization of US foreign policy in Africa and its potential impact on Africa and Africans. We also discuss why African Studies scholars (e.g. ACAS) and African Studies Centers rejected funding from US military and intelligence agencies in defense of free speech, transparency, and equal relationships with African partners.
Topics: concerned africa scholars, david wiley, George W. Bush, military, US foreign policy
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Anthropologist Mara Leichtman (MSU) on religion, migration, and politics. Leichtman unveils her new book New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal (co-edited with Mamadou Diouf). She then discusses transnational Shi'a Islam in Dakar among Lebanese migrants and Senegalese converts, and in London at the Al-Khoei Foundation. A fine example of why we cannot properly analyze "globalization" without including Africa.
Topics: anthropology, Mara Leichtman, migration, religion, Senegal, Shi'a Islam
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Peter Alegi discusses his book manuscript in process African Soccerscapes: Sport, Race, Nation, and Capitalism (Ohio University Press, forthcoming in 2009). Guest host Solomon Getahun and Peter Limb talk with Alegi about football and anti-colonial nationalism in Nigeria, Algeria, and South Africa; the history of migration of African players to Europe; and South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup.
Topics: 2010 World Cup, African nationalism, Algeria, football, history, Nigeria, Peter Alegi, soccer,...
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Historian Robert Edgar (Howard University) discusses his project on African Americans and South Africa, showing how black communities in different parts of the world engage, interact and influence each other. Edgar talks about the history of representations of the Zulu in America, and reflects on how he rescued the Prophetess Nonthetha Nkwenkwe and the African Communist Edwin Thabo Mofutsanyana from the ash heap of history. No wonder The New York Times dubbed him "the Indiana Jones of...
Topics: African Americans, history, religion, Robert Edgar, South Africa, Zulu
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Jabulani Sithole (UKZN) on why history matters in South Africa. Sithole discusses his journey from activist to historian, and his research on the ANC and labor unions in KwaZulu-Natal, part of SADETâs landmark The Road to Democracy in South Africa series. He elaborates on Zulu identities and his role in renaming streets in Pietermaritzburg.
Topics: African National Congress, history, Jabulani Sithole, KwaZulu-Natal, SADET, South Africa
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Narissa Ramdhani (Ifa Lethu CEO) - South African historian, archivist, and cultural heritage specialist - discusses her studies in exile in the USA and how she coordinated the return of 7 million documents from African National Congress offices in 33 countries to Johannesburg. The collection is now housed at the University of Fort Hare. Ramdhani then describes Ifa Lethu's repatriation of South African apartheid-era art and its wider social impact.
Topics: African National Congress, art, heritage, history, Ifa Lethu, Narissa Ramdhani, South Africa,...
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- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Walter Hawthorne (History, MSU) is an expert on Africa and the Atlantic World in the era of the slave trade. We talk with him (and Joseph Lauer) about the history of rice farmers on the Upper Guinea Coast and the vigorous debate over Judith Carneyâs âBlack Riceâ thesis. Hawthorne closes by describing his forthcoming book Forging a Creole Atlantic: Africans on the Upper Guinea Coast, in Portugal and in Amazonia, 1650-1830.
Topics: Atlantic, Balanta, history, Joseph Lauer, Judith Carney, rice, slavery, Walter Hawthorne
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- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Historian Luise White (U. of Florida) has published extensively on women's history, medical history, political and military history, from East Africa to Central and Southern Africa. She reveals the genealogy of her work on renegade white independence and describes the strange history of the African franchise in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. White concludes with her thoughts about where the field of African history is going.
Topics: history, Luise White, Rhodesia, Zimbabwe
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- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Bill Derman (Anthropology, MSU) talks about his recent volume on Conflicts Over Land and Water in Africa (2007). He examines the role of government policies, local farmers, and chiefs in land reform in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Derman then shares his observations of refugee flows, and points to the sensitive position of researchers working in the changing political context of southern Africa.
Topics: anthropology, Bill Derman, chiefs, development, farmers, government policy, land, land reform,...
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Dr. Robert Vinson (History, College of William and Mary) on the spread of Garveyism in South Africa and its political and cultural impact. Vinson explains how black men and women in the 1920s and 30s appropriated Garvey's ideas of racial pride, pan-Africanism, and modernity to sustain themselves and to propel South Africa's struggle for freedom.
Topics: history, Marcus Garvey, pan-Africanism, religion, resistance, Robert Vinson, South Africa, UNIA
Africa Past and Present
- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Historian Martin Klein (Emeritus, U. of Toronto) reflects on African history and historiography and his lifeâs work on slavery in West Africa. Klein then sheds light on his ongoing research (in cooperation with leading Africanists) on African slaves. He concludes with observations about the state of historical research in Senegal, Mali, and Guinea.
Topics: Guinea, history, Mali, Martin Klein, Senegal, slavery, West Africa
Africa Past and Present
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Thabo Dladla, Conti Khubeka and Zeph Mthembu on the potential impact of the 2010 World Cup on grassroots soccer in South Africa. All three men are former professional players now coaching youths. What does 2010 mean to these elders of the game? Will the tournament address the legacy of apartheid and the new challenges of globalization? Putting people before profits, Dladla says, is necessary to effect positive social change.
Topics: 2010 World Cup, development, FIFA, football, SAFA, soccer, South Africa
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- MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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The inaugural episode of Africa Past and Present introduces the podcast and features an interview with University of Pennsylvania Professor Cheikh Anta Babou (MSU PhD 2002). "Africa matters," says co-host Peter Alegi in the first segment. "It matters to America since about one in seven Americans trace their origins to the African continent. Africa also has global implications: economic, political, and cultural ones. Finally, Africa deserves to be studied and debated in its own...
Topics: Babou, David Robinson, history, Islam, Senegal, West Africa
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Hlonipha Mokoena (Anthropology, Columbia U.) on her new book: Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual (2011). Explains the rise of a black intelligentsia in 19th- and early 20th-century South Africa through the remarkable life of Fuze, the first Zulu-speaker to publish a book in the language: Abantu Abamnyama Lapa Bavela Ngakona / The Black People and Whence They Came
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Topics: anthropology, Fuze, history, Hlonipha Mokoena, South Africa, Zulu